East Coast Albacore Championship 2020

2020 ECAC Title

2020 ECAC Results:

Last week’s busy calendar included the 2020 edition of SHYC’s own East Coast Albacore Championship (ECAC). While it may not have matched last year’s Albacore International event, it was one of very few regattas staged in the Province (or anywhere) in this year of Covid-19. For that, much congratulations go to organizers Bradd Wilson and Henry Pedro, a stalwart group of volunteers – both on and off the race course – and of course, the intrepid racers themselves. According to the competitors, including one from Cape Breton and a father/son team from Bridgewater, it was “champagne days” on the water, where the wind and other conditions were “just perfect.” 

And so were conditions off the water. A steak and baked potato supper on Saturday night was followed by a pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday morning.

As with all SHYC events, it’s volunteers behind the scenes that make things happen. Pictured here (left to right): Brenda Blanchard, Annette Williams, Dave Williams, Fred Greenwood, and Clark Blanchard. The meals were organized by Vice Commodore, Sherri Taylor and sourced  by Sherri and Bradd Wilson. No pictures are available for the steak dinner (everybody was too busy eating), but it was made possible by Maeve Wilson, Rick & Mary Jane Brackett and Rob Wallace & Lorin Hesse (new members).

On the water, the event was managed by Rear Commodore, Bradd Wilson with a ton of help from Herb Locke and his nephew, Al, operating one of Al’s lobster boats as Committee Boat. Ben Taylor provided the mark set boat. Mike Turney on Sound Signals and Andy Blackmer on Signal Flags. Timings/results were managed by Leslie Hobbs.

The competition was fierce with eight, 2-person teams, but at the end of the day these were the results: in 3rd Place was the sailing team of Henry Pedro (helm) and Savannah Taylor (crew), 2nd place was the sailing team of Guy Tipton (helm) and Maryam Al Zahabi (crew) and 1st Place was the husband/wife sailing team of Jamie Stanley (helm) and Julie Stewart (crew). If you include the practice races on Friday night, Jamie and Julie won all but two of their races – no small feat.